Being a very rich, beautiful and lush area, Mekong Delta is the southern most region of Vietnam end of the Mekong River. It splits in Cambodia into two main rivers, the Bassac (Hau Giang) and the Upper River (Tien Giang), then in Vietnam into a more complex system, creating a maze of small canals, rivers and arroyos interspersed with villages and floating markets. Life in the Mekong Delta revolves much around the river and wooden boats are still the main means of transport to access villages.
The main means of transport of most of the families in Mekong Delta provinces is a small wooden boat (xuong). This boat is part of the life of the inhabitants of the region with its interlacing rivers and channels just as motorbikes are to Ho Chi Minh City residents. Most xuong have engines but visitors sometimes see boats propelled by oars. You may burst out laughing on seeing the way some boys use their feet to row the boats.